Vaude Zerum 48+ LW HOW­EVER

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£155 Ca­pac­ity 48 to 56 litres Back sizes adjustable (mens) Weight 1217g

The weight sets this apart and it com­prises a ba­sic 48 litres plus an ad­di­tional 8 litres by rais­ing the float­ing lid. The back sys­tem is adjustable in length and has raised padded ar­eas, to cre­ate min­i­mal body con­tact. The back is well stiff­ened to sup­port loads up to 12kg, while the body is made from ny­lon rip­stop with a top open­ing only. There is a huge zipped front pocket as well as the usual lid pocket and a hip­belt pocket. Quick-re­lease com­pres­sion straps are pro­vided and there is a ny­lon wand pocket on one side with a mesh bot­tle pocket on the other. This pack is part of Vaude’s Green Shape range due to its more eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als.

There is no women’s op­tion, so fit is more lim­ited than oth­ers. Float­ing lids are not my favourite de­sign, and this is no ex­cep­tion, but you also get a rather messy ad­di­tional top open­ing cover un­der the lid to al­low you to com­pletely re­move the lid. For me, a bet­ter de­sign of lid would be bet­ter. Also, there is no base com­part­ment and you only get wand pock­ets on one side, so this may or may not fit your pack­ing style. The weight sav­ing comes in part from light­weight ma­te­ri­als, but th­ese will no doubt be less durable than heav­ier de­signs so harder users may pre­fer oth­ers. The price tag is a draw­back com­pared to other op­tions.

A very light­weight op­tion for its ca­pac­ity. Ideal for overnight­ing, but small de­tails, as well as the price tag, make it a con­sid­ered pur­chase.

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